Are there any special diets for Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease?

Yes. Research suggests that certain food items are helpful in NAFLD either because of their antioxidant property or due to certain other factors. Certain food items which researchers found to be helpful are Garlic, Omega-3 fatty acidsCoffee (specially decaffeinated coffee), Broccoli, Green tea, Walnuts, Soy or whey protein.

According to the National Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, there are certain diet changes that can be beneficial. For example, limiting your intake of fats, which are high in calories, can decrease your chance of developing obesity. Replacing saturated fats and trans fats in your diet with unsaturated fats, especially omega-3 fatty acids, may reduce your chance of heart disease if you have NAFLD. In the same manner, eating more low-glycemic index foods—such as fruits, vegetables, and whole grains are good as these foods affect your blood glucose less than high-glycemic index foods, such as white bread, white rice, and potatoes.

You should avoid foods and drinks that contain large amounts of simple sugars, especially fructose. Fructose is found in sweetened soft drinks, sports drinks, sweetened tea, and juices. Table sugar, called sucrose, is rapidly changed to glucose and fructose during digestion and, is therefore, a major source of fructose.

If you have NAFLD, you should minimise alcohol use, as it can further damage your liver.

Mediterranean diet

Research from Journal of Hepatology suggests that “the Mediterranean diet may help to reduce liver fat, even without weight loss. It also helps conditions commonly associated with NAFLD, including high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and type 2 diabetes.”

This eating plan focuses on a variety of plant-based foods and healthy fats such as fruits and vegetables, legumes, healthy fats such as extra virgin olive oil, fish and lean meats and unprocessed whole grains and cereals such as whole-wheat bread, brown rice, etc.

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